Updated at 2:58 p.m. ET
Penny Marshall, who became a household name as Laverne in the TV sitcom Laverne & Shirley and went on to direct several popular movies, has died at the age of 75.
Marshall died Monday night at her Los Angeles home from complications of diabetes, family publicist Michelle Bega tells NPR.
In the early '70s, Marshall got her start on shows like The Odd Couple and The Bob Newhart Show. She built her fame co-starring with Cindy Williams in Laverne & Shirley, the popular sitcom created by her older brother, Garry Marshall (as was The Odd Couple).
The Happy Days spinoff series was also where she began her directing career, directing several episodes of the show.